Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT, US

The Water Society and Climate Group ( at the University of Connecticut has an immediate opening for a two-year postdoctoral researcher position starting August 2017. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team to advance scientific understanding of the range of factors that drive or constrain resilience of water systems and that shape information use and decision making in the context of water resources management.

Candidates should have a PhD in environmental sociology, environmental social science, human dimensions of natural resources, or a related field. Expertise in both survey research and analysis of non-parametric data, and qualitative research and analysis is required. Experience working with stakeholders in the collaborative production of scientific information (or models) and familiarity with literature on co-production, actionable/usable knowledge, and water governance is desired. Expertise in public opinion surveys and/or implementing experiments in online survey is an asset.
Preferred qualifications: The candidate should be a self-starter and an experienced scholar with excellent research, analytical and writing skills, and be eager to engage in a multi-disciplinary team and to explore and test new ideas. Given the nature of the work required, the candidate should have an interest in working with stakeholders and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Fluency in English, U.S. citizenship or residency, and a passion for making the world better.

The position is located at The University of Connecticut (UCONN), in Storrs, Connecticut. The University of Connecticut is ranked in the top-20 of Public Universities and offers a number of high-quality career development resources for postdocs through the UCONN Postdoctoral Association and the Graduate School Career Development and Networking opportunities. Postdocs also have access to trainings offered by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ( In addition, the research project itself is multi-institutional and collaborative, providing a strong opportunity for disciplinary and cross-disciplinary development and networking. In addition to career development opportunities, the position offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

For consideration, email the following materials to Dr. Christine Kirchhoff at [email protected] using “Postdoctoral Researcher Candidate” in the subject line:

1) a CV;
2) pdfs of 2-3 representative publications;
3) name and contact information for three references; and,
4) a cover letter describing your relevant research experience and expertise, career goals, and your fit for the position.

Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt and on an ongoing basis until a suitable applicant is found. For consideration, please submit your application on or before June 23, 2017.